Tydings, on the other hand, was primarily a politician. The adopted son of Maryland's three- term Democratic U.S. Senator Millard Tydings, Joe was bred to the Maryland Democracy. As a member of the House of Delegates from Harford County, where he lived at Oakington, the Tydings estate on the banks of the Susquehanna, he was a "shiny bright" liberal reformer who had been an early supporter of JFK's campaign for the presidency. The world of Baltimore lawyering, so much a part of Judge Thomsen, was foreign to Joe. In those days, he was more comfortable at a cotillion than a courtroom. Like almost all of us, Joe Tydings' career as a serious trial lawyer began as an on-the-job trainee, primarily under the stern tutelage of Roszel Thomsen.